Enhanced Endurance, Mission Capacity and Odyssey™ Advanced Autonomy

MCLEAN, Va. (Nov. 7, 2022) — HII’s (NYSE: HII) Mission Technologies division has revealed a new medium-class unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV): REMUS 620.

Building on the design philosophy of the highly successful REMUS 300 — recently selected by the U.S. Navy as the program of record for the Lionfish Small UUV — the REMUS 620 has a battery life of up to 110 hours and a range of 275 nautical miles, providing unmatched mission capabilities for mine countermeasures, hydrographic surveys, intelligence collection, surveillance and electronic warfare.

“Retaining a forward strategic advantage requires the ability to deliver a multitude of effects from under the sea,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of Mission Technologies’ Unmanned Systems business group. “The REMUS 620 is the first medium UUV designed to accurately deliver this range of advanced above-and-below water effects at long range.”

Built to support current and next-generation naval and special operations forces operations, REMUS 620 features a modular, open architecture design to facilitate seamless payload integration and HII’s Odyssey™ suite of advanced autonomy solutions for intelligent, robotic platforms.

REMUS 620 is the same size and weight of the first and only full-rate production medium UUVs: the MK 18 Mod 2, Littoral Battleship Sensing-Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (LBS-AUV) and LBS-Razorback systems operated by the U.S. Navy’s Mine Countermeasure Squadrons, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office and Submarine Forces, respectively.

Multiple REMUS 620s operating collaboratively can be deployed from submarines, small manned or unmanned boats, amphibious ships, surface combatants and helicopters. REMUS 620 can also be used as a platform to launch and operate other unmanned vehicles or payloads from beneath the sea.

Energy

REMUS 620 is equipped with multiple batteries capable of 110 hours and a range of 275 nautical miles per mission, which provides unmatched multi-day endurance, range and stealth. The increased REMUS battery life enables the UUV to execute a significantly longer route to and from a mission area than previously afforded by medium-class vehicles. The energy modules are swappable, allowing for quick turnaround and incorporation of alternative energy sources as they become available.

Intelligence

REMUS 620 is built with modern core electronics, navigation and communication systems, and the vehicle’s open architecture can now be enhanced with HII Odyssey™, a suite of advanced autonomy solutions for intelligent, robotic platforms. The vehicle includes the new Odyssey Mission Management Software.

Multi-Mission

REMUS 620 standard synthetic aperture sonar payload can be replaced or enhanced for multi-mission capabilities, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and cyber and electronic warfare operations.

REMUS 620 builds on the success of HII’s REMUS platforms, with 30 years of innovation and delivery of more than 600 UUVs to 30 countries worldwide, including 14 NATO member countries. The scientific community will also benefit from the payload flexibility and variety of environmental sensors that can be easily added to the base vehicle.

 

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As America’s largest shipbuilder and with a more than 135-year history of advancing U.S. national defense, we are united by our mission in service of the heroes who protect our freedom. HII’s diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business professionals. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s workforce is 43,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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The article posted below from William McCormick of ExecutiveBiz was published on Aug. 31, 2022, and includes an interview with Todd Borkey, chief technology officer of HII’s Mission Technologies division. 

You can also read the full article at ExecutiveBiz.


Todd Borkey, chief technology officer of HII Mission Technologies, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding the current set of challenges to keep pace with the speed of innovation as well as the significant contributions that HII Mission Technologies has made to the federal landscape and what the future holds during the latest Executive Spotlight interview.

You can read the full interview with Todd Borkey below.

ExecutiveBiz: What does HII Mission Technologies do? What are your markets?

Todd Borkey: “As you know, HII is a trusted producer of the U.S. Navy’s most complex warships. We have been advancing the HII business portfolio to become a thought leader for the all-domain force.

A product of our multi-billion dollar acquisition strategy, we formed the Mission Technologies division. Today we are a leader at transitioning new technology into the DoD mission. Making up about 25 percent of all HII revenue, we manage over $1 billion of RDT&E work alone.

We are a fast-growing business with market-leading positions in LVC (live, virtual, constructive) simulation and training; artificial intelligence and machine learning; C5ISR; cyber and electronic warfare; autonomy; and nuclear services.

Our portfolio is ideally suited for the needs of the coming decade, and our work tempo for the last few years has reinforced that. We think of ourselves as tech-agnostic integrators; however, we develop advanced technical capability when the client requires it.

We were an early mover in AI and Big Data, where we created several ‘first of their kind’ programs. We also develop and operate the world’s largest LVC enterprise.”

ExecutiveBiz: What is new and exciting at HII Mission Technologies?

Todd Borkey: “We are witnessing and helping create the data revolution, an industrial inflection equal to that of the internet. Almost every one of our markets is becoming data-driven, predictive and increasingly autonomous.

There is a combination of tech, never seen before, making it all possible. We have secure, affordable clouds, open-source models, high-performance computing to the edge, and commercial space offering global sensing and data distribution.

It’s a very exciting time where data is now strategic. We are now ‘finding needles in fast-moving haystacks.’”

ExecutiveBiz: What contribution to HII Mission Technologies are you most proud of?

Todd Borkey: “My team saw the AI revolution coming in 2017 at the Silicon Valley tech conferences. We began studying the breakthroughs and substantially moved our IRAD into creating AI-powered processes for our clients.

We now have AI/ML project applications in every one of our business groups. We were one of the first to deploy computer vision in autonomous ISR and perhaps the first to deploy multi-lingual natural language processing (NLP) at a massive scale.

As a result of our organic efforts, we have been ranked in the top 10 federal AI contractors by Deltek (GovWin) since 2019. The agility of the team, and its cultural effect, will always be a great point of pride for me.”

ExecutiveBiz: What are the challenges to keeping pace with this rate of technical change?

Todd Borkey: “Culturally we must stay curious, externally focused and opportunistic. But it’s all about people. The new force required to deliver the data revolution needs to be built.

Everything is new, and talent is in short supply. In this domain, defense primes must compete with Silicon Valley and fintech for resources. We invest in training and recruiting creatively; however, it is the quality of our work that brings and keeps people to HII Mission Technologies.

We get to work on the hardest and most modern problem sets within the DoD. That is very motivating and attracts talent.”

ExecutiveBiz: What does the future look like for Mission Technologies?

Todd Borkey: “We see commercial space, distributed processing and AI/ML having a massive impact on the way we operate within the next five years. Humans are moving from ‘in the loop’ to ‘on the loop.’

We will improve operational availability, detect threats sooner, increase resiliency, remove clutter, and make better decisions under dynamic and contested conditions. We are driving our portfolio of capabilities, and our clients, toward these new possibilities.

The demands on national security resources are extraordinary, and we are working intensely to give them an edge with the new tech. I see our division deploying even more expeditionary technology in the form of critical new data systems and analytic processes.

We are confident in our vision yet acutely focused on the customer need for the mission.”

About Todd Borkey

Todd Borkey is the chief technology officer at HII’s Mission Technologies division. Named to this position in August 2021, he is responsible for the division’s technology strategy, along with its developments and technical operations. Borkey supports HII’s growth by leading R&D investment, developing new technologies and advancing customer solutions that meet the changing needs of HII’s clients. He also leads HII’s Artificial Intelligence campaign, creating market-leading AI/ML solutions for the defense and intelligence markets.

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HII is an all-domain defense and technologies partner, recognized worldwide as America’s largest shipbuilder. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable an all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 26, 2016)—Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Proteus, the dual-mode undersea vehicle developed by the company’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary and Battelle, successfully completed endurance testing earlier this month.

The 30-day simulated unmanned mission was performed in a test tank at USG’s Panama City, Florida, facility to demonstrate the vehicle’s reliability and ability to perform long-duration missions contemplated for the U.S. Navy’s future unmanned undersea vehicles.

Computers in a van beside the test tank fed navigational and depth data to Proteus’ autonomy and vehicle control systems to simulate the vehicle running a mission in open water. All systems necessary for an autonomous mission were operational and responded to commands. During the test, Proteus simulated traveling 2,412 nautical miles and ran submerged for 720 hours while executing a full range of simulated mission behaviors.

Computers in a van beside the test tank fed navigational and depth data to Proteus’ autonomy and vehicle control systems to simulate the vehicle running a mission in open water. All systems necessary for an autonomous mission were operational and responded to commands. During the test, Proteus simulated traveling 2,412 nautical miles and ran submerged for 720 hours while executing a full range of simulated mission behaviors.

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Proteus successfully completed a 30-day simulated unmanned mission earlier this month. The endurance testing was performed in a test tank at Undersea Solution Group’s Panama City, Florida, facility to demonstrate the vehicle’s reliability and ability to perform long-duration missions contemplated for the U.S. Navy’s future unmanned undersea vehicles. HII photo

“HII is committed to developing undersea technologies and systems that support the increased employment of UUVs in the future,” said Ross Lindman, USG’s vice president, operations. “This test helps provide reliability data and a technical foundation for development of a new generation of long-endurance UUVs to support the U.S. Navy.”

USG develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. USG has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more. Originally established in 1972, USG operates in Panama City Beach, Florida, and reports to HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

Battelle is an industry leader in innovative and reliable undersea technology providing rapid development, transition and deployment of technologies to sustain U.S. under sea dominance.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV). Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG’s Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV).

 

Mallet and Raff are certified as rescue divers. They have undergone extensive training with Proteus and assist with its maintenance. To prepare for operating the vehicle, the women trained in the company’s test tank and supported pre- and post-dives with USG’s more experienced pilots.

Mallet and Raff individually took Proteus out and co-piloted it in Florida’s Saint Andrews Bay with USG Vice President Ross Lindman as the pilot.

“The opportunity to jump in is exciting,” Mallet said. “We help with maintenance on the boat and learn as we go when it’s in the maintenance bay at the port, but this was the first time ever in the water. We’ll continue training as co-pilots and then pilot it with an experienced diver.”

Mallet and Raff are the only two women on USG’s seven-person dive team that works with Proteus. When in use in the manned mode, the vehicle is flooded with water and can submerge to depths up to 150 feet.

“I felt prepared, but it was still different than I thought it was going to be,” Raff said. “It’s pitch black inside, and all you can see is the computer screen and the buttons. We have testing for customers scheduled so it’ll be exciting to see how Proteus operates in the future with our customers.”

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Chloe Mallet (right), an ocean engineer at HII’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary, prepares to crew and drive the Proteus dual-mode underwater vehicle with USG Vice President Ross Lindman (left). Mallet and Andrea Raff (not pictured), a mechanical engineer at USG, are the first women to crew and drive a swimmer delivery vehicle. Photo by Joe Colamaria/HII

Proteus weighs 8,240 pounds and is designed to operate as a manned SDV or UUV. It can be used for integrating and testing payloads, transporting and installing equipment on the sea floor, inspecting undersea infrastructure, and transporting a team of combat swimmers and cargo.

Undersea Solutions Group develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. Formerly The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division, USG has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more. The division, originally established in 1972, reports to HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and operates in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Learn more about USG and watch a video of Proteus in action at: http://nns.huntingtoningalls.com/usg/.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

What:Newport News Shipbuilding will host a media reception to discuss the Jan. 30 acquisition of The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding’s parent company.
When:2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Where:Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and Market
 5551 N. Lagoon Drive
 Panama City, Fla. 32408
RSVP: Christie Miller, 757-380-3581 or [email protected]

The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division is a leading designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. As of Jan. 30, ESD will operate as Undersea Solutions Group, a subsidiary of HII, and will report to Newport News Shipbuilding’s Submarine and Fleet Support division.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial oil, gas and energy markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Jan. 30, 2015) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that it has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a leading designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed.

As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group, ESD is headquartered in Panama City Beach, Fla., and employs about 30 engineers, analysts, craftsmen and technicians. While ESD’s primary customer is the U.S. Navy, the company develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. It has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more.

“ESD’s experience in designing and developing manned and unmanned submersibles is a natural extension of the submarine work we do at Newport News Shipbuilding,” said Matt Mulherin, HII corporate vice president and Newport News Shipbuilding president. “We believe the combination of Newport News and ESD expertise will enable us to compete successfully in the unmanned underwater vehicle market, and we are excited to welcome ESD to our team.”

ESD will operate as Undersea Solutions Group, a subsidiary of HII, and will report to Newport News Shipbuilding’s Submarine and Fleet Support division.

“As the Navy moves toward greater employment of unmanned vehicles in both the surface and undersea domains, it makes great strategic sense to bring together a builder of unmanned undersea vehicles and one of the world’s great builders of naval ships and submarines,” said Ross Lindman, ESD senior vice president. “Together, we can support the development of large and very large unmanned undersea vehicles and stay in step with the Navy as unmanned systems take on greater and more complex roles in the undersea battle space. The staff of ESD looks forward to joining Newport News Shipbuilding.”

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial oil, gas and energy markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Va., HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

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